Open House for Webbs Norman July 26

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The public is invited to attend an open house and reception honoring Webbs Norman’s 34-year leadership as executive director of the Rockford Park District Wednesday, July 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St.

A brief program at 5:15 p.m. will feature commissioners, staff, the Norman family and a response from Webbs.

Webbs Norman was introduced to the Rockford Park District in 1955 at Sunset Park, where he was hired as a playground leader. He became the first director of the newly-formed recreation department in charge of the 1956 summer recreation program following the passage of the recreation tax April 10, 1956. Webbs returned to become executive director of the Rockford Park District in 1972 and, under his leadership and direction, there have been many accomplishments and highlights that made the Rockford community a better place to live, work and play.

The theme for the recognition celebration is “Webbs’ Diner,” with a 1950s diner theme. Guests will receive a commemorative white diner coffee mug featuring a characterization of Webbs, and wait staff will attentively pour coffee throughout the event. Refreshments will be served from several area restaurants.

During his 34-year tenure as executive director of the Rockford Park District, Webbs Norman was well known to conduct business in a variety of restaurant booths—Hollywood Dining Centers on Alpine and North Second Street, Aunt Mary’s, Grandma’s, Keedi’s, The Atrium, Ye Olde Hollywood, and most recently, Park City and Sammy’s.

Jan Lockwood explained: “Webbs made a point of choosing unpretentious, ordinary family restaurants where he could be readily available and accessible if a citizen wanted to bounce off an idea, make a suggestion, ask a question, provide feedback, or just visit. It is in this spirit that we will celebrate where his ‘real’ work happened—behind the scenes, in a variety of restaurant booths throughout Rockford, always accessible to citizens, friends, family, and partners. An actual restaurant booth from Keedi’s will be on the stage where friends can slide in and visit with Webbs before and after the program.”

This special celebration is made possible entirely by donations received from Chapman & Cutler LLP, Guyer & Enichen, Crow-Chizek and Co., Williams & McCarthy, Hinshaw & Culbertson, Deuchler Engineering and AMCORE Bank.

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From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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